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FARGO — Children are taught to wear seat belts to stay safe in a vehicle, but when they board a large school bus there's no way for them to buckle up. While federal transportation safety agencies recommend lap-shoulder belts in all new school buses, most full-size school buses on the road don’t have them. So far, only eight states — none in the Midwest — have passed laws requiring bus seat belts. The reluctance may be due, in part, to a long, strong safety record of school buses.
FARGO—A preliminary cause of death has been determined in the case of a teen found dead Sunday, Sept. 17, at a North Dakota State University residence hall, but institutions involved in the case are not releasing that information to the public. Ed Bina, a death investigator in the Grand Forks County Coroner's Office, said last week Devin Delaney's preliminary cause of death was released to a law enforcement agency, likely Fargo police. Cause-of-death reports are sent to the investigating police agency.
FARGO — An older sister of the woman accused in what may be one of the most horrific crimes ever in the Fargo-Moorhead area said she can't believe her family member is involved. Dawn Dyer, of Star, N.C., is one of six siblings of Brooke Crews, who's charged along with her boyfriend William Hoehn of conspiring to murder Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and conspiring to kidnap her unborn child to claim as their own. Dyer found out about the allegations when her mother messaged her a few days ago.
FARGO—The family hadn't even sat down at their table when the woman across the restaurant stood up from her meal and made a beeline to the baby girl with big brown eyes, dark skin and dark hair. Roxane Cartwright and her husband, Tim, had finalized the adoption of their Pacific Islander infant the day before. The woman approached, trembling, saying repeatedly, "She's exactly what I want," while motioning that she wanted to hold the baby. "Her eyes were huge, she was fixated on my daughter," Cartwright said.
MOORHEAD—Mike Fisher is used to customers showing up at his liquor store on Sundays. The owner of Cormorant Bottle Shop in Pelican Rapids is usually there cleaning and doing bookwork. "People are always coming to the doors and I can't sell to them," Fisher said. The store's previous owner told him the last time Independence Day fell on a Sunday, in 2010, about 500 cars streamed in and out of the parking lot with people mistakenly thinking they could buy a few cold ones.
FARGO — The man accused of throwing what turned out to be a deadly punch outside an upscale downtown bar here last month portrays himself on social media as a successful business owner and family man. Darren Patterson also offers up a tough-guy image, having a passion for fast bikes and cars and hard-core weight training. Patterson, 43, who stands 5 feet 9 inches tall with a bodybuilder's physique, managed to hit three men in short order during a disturbance outside the HoDo Restaurant and Lounge May 27.